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Knowledge transfer


Current

Reduction of green house gases by process innovations in the primary Industry, SP 6: Development of a methodology for cross-project and ecological potential assessment, cement industry

The transfer and networking project ReInvent aims to provide technical and organisational support for the BMBF funding measure KlimPro-Industrie.

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Current

Increasing energy efficiency in the cement industry through training by means of virtual reality (VR)

The aim of IGF project 21619 is to develop a training simulator with which learners can independently solve typical process engineering tasks within a virtual reality (VR) environment, particularly in connection with ball mills.

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Completed

BetonQuali - information and qualification platform

"BetonQuali - information and qualification platform", a joint project of VDZ gGmbH and its project partners, aimed to develop and test a training method for semi-skilled and unskilled employees in the concrete industry.

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Cement production


Current

AC²OCem - Accelerating Carbon Capture using Oxyfuel Technology in Cement Production

The project investigates the existing 1st generation oxyfuel technology and an innovative 2nd generation oxyfuel concept with the ultimate goal of reducing CO₂ avoidance cost, increasing plant efficiency and strengthening the overall competitiveness.

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Current

CLEANKER – Integrated calcium looping process for CO₂ capture

The aim of the CLEANKER (CLEAN clinKER) project is to perform large-scale testing of this technology as an integrated method (Technology Readiness Level 7). It is planned to treat 4 000 m³/h exhaust gas in a demonstration plant to be connected to an existing kiln line at the Buzzi Unicem works in Vernasca in Italy.

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Current

Optimisation of clinker-efficient cements by means of multimodal particle size distributions using energy-efficient products from separate ultra-fine grinding

Separate ultra-fine grinding of cement - Energy-efficient grinding meets optimised cement and concrete properties. Today, future-oriented cements can already be produced more sustainably and efficiently by using various components of different finenesses.

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Current

Increasing energy efficiency in the cement industry through training by means of virtual reality (VR)

The aim of IGF project 21619 is to develop a training simulator with which learners can independently solve typical process engineering tasks within a virtual reality (VR) environment, particularly in connection with ball mills.

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Current

Cement clinker production with simultaneous power generation

The core concept of the research project is to generate the maximum amount of electrical energy from the process exhaust gas during the production of cement clinker without affecting its kiln capacity or clinker quality. The electricity generated should cover the base load requirements for the cement production.

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Current

Method for rapid testing of the quality of flyable alternative fuels for use in the clinker burning process

As part of the research project, the German cement industry is to be provided with a utility model of a new type of apparatus for quasi-continuous incoming inspection of SRF deliveries. Based on a fast, technically robust and efficient characterization of flight capability, humidity and optically detectable features of SRF, a system shall be developed, constructed and tested in practice.

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Concrete technology


Completed

New functionalities of textile-reinforced concrete through titanium dioxide modifications Subsidiary project: fine-grained concrete and cement-bound adhesive

The working plan of the Research Institute of the Cement Industry was aimed at systematic investigation of the mix formulation and workability of a nano-based cement-bound adhesive.

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Completed

ASR performance testing: extending the database to include the 60 °C concrete test with particular reference to cements with several main constituents

In the IGF (Cooperative Industrial Research) project the framework conditions for a possible performance test method for evaluating the alkali reactivity of concrete was calibrated on the basis of the requirements of the German regulations.

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Completed

Reducing the environmental impact of concrete construction through new types of cement and the concrete produced from them using starting materials that are available in adequate quantities

The aim of this research project was the laboratory and industrial production and testing of cements that contain levels of limestone above the maximum content described in DIN EN 197-1.

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Completed

Procedures for E II aggregates

VDZ and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) investigated whether it is possible to define an alkali sensitivity class E II-S on the basis of the 40 °C concrete test with cloud chamber storage. In addition, criteria for the rapid test procedure and the 60 °C concrete test as well as the BTU-SP rapid test were also derived.

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Completed

Determination of characteristic values based on the degree of hydration for predicting the durability of concrete

Mortar and concrete trials were used to determine characteristic parameters, such as the void filling of the cements, their hydration characteristics, the porosity of the mortars and concretes made with these cements, and the durability of the concretes.

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Completed

Boundary conditions for accurately achieving projected concrete properties in the modern 5-material system of diverse concrete constituents

Within the framework of the research project, the intention was to identify the most important influence parameters that are responsible for showing unscheduled properties such as changed consistency, signs of sedimentation, or an accelerated or decelerated strength development in certain cases of fresh concretes which are produced over prolonged periods.

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Chemistry and mineralogy


Completed

Analysis concept for the determination of trace elements in the eluate of cement-bound building materials (IGF No. 16989 N)

The aim of the AiF research project was to identify the causes of the sometimes greater scatter rates in the analysis results in the case of comparison trials for the long-term tank test.

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Completed

Interactions between siliceous fly ash or calcined clay as cement main constituent and superplasticizers based on polycarboxylate ether as well as their influences on rheological properties of fresh cement paste and fresh concrete

It was determined how the rheological properties and the consistency of fresh concrete can be improved by the adjustment of the type and proportion of fly ash or calcined clay in the cement to the clinker as well as the type and dosage of the superplasticizer.

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Completed

Suitability of various inorganic substances for use as a minor constituents in cements according to EN 197-1

The main scope of this research project was to supply evidence that selected inorganic substances are suitable for the use as minor constituents.

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Completed

Interactions between superplasticizers and cements with calcined clay in dependence of the temperature

The aim of the research project was to determine interactions between superplasticizers and cements with calcined clay.

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Completed

Development of an analysis concept for the quantification of cement, its main constituents as well as additives in hardened concrete

As part of the project, methods were developed that allow the cement content, cement type and additive content in hardened concrete to be reliably determined.

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Completed

Interactions between cements with several main constituents and methyl cellulose and their performance in dry mortar

Interactions between different structured or modified methyl hydroxyethyl celluloses and cements blended with limestone, blastfurnace slag or fly ash were determined.

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